The Centre Couldn’t Hold

By Josh Lieblein It was damn close. Closer than all the pundits and professional predictors thought it would be. But even if it had been the other way around and Elliott had edged Ford out, the takeaway is the same:  Those who think that they can stave off the populist revolution with the same old centrist … Continue reading The Centre Couldn’t Hold

Interview With Ontario PC Leadership Candidate Doug Ford

On Sunday evening at 9 p.m. I had a chance to interview Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership candidate Doug Ford. The interview ranged from discussing former PC leader Patrick Brown's policy manifesto, The People's Guarantee, to the exorbitant fees for provincial and municipal freedom of information requests to problems with the PC Party's voting … Continue reading Interview With Ontario PC Leadership Candidate Doug Ford

BREAKING: Kathleen Wynne And The Liberals In A Glass House When It Comes To Abuse, Can’t Throw Stones At PCs

By Josh Lieblein While everyone else is rushing to gawk at the PC Party of Ontario dumpster fire, we're at least TRYING to talk about the shady practices of our Liberal Premier and her party. Lost in the tumult of the last few weeks has been the story of how Deanna Natale, aka Deanna Sgro, … Continue reading BREAKING: Kathleen Wynne And The Liberals In A Glass House When It Comes To Abuse, Can’t Throw Stones At PCs

Fool PC Party of Ontario Members Once, Shame On You. Fool Them Twice, Shame on Them

By Josh Lieblein So it's rapidly becoming clear that there are no wholly good actors in the evolving saga of Patrick Brown. Everyone's got dirt on them and picking a side is thus very difficult. To that end, while my colleague Graeme Gordon tackles the maelstrom of back and forth allegations and counter-allegations in his … Continue reading Fool PC Party of Ontario Members Once, Shame On You. Fool Them Twice, Shame on Them

Some Completely Fair Questions For People Who Believe Patrick Brown Was The Victim Of A Conspiracy

By Josh Lieblein The Patrick Brown "coup"/Inside Job theory is a masterwork of motivated reasoning. The Brown loyalists are clearly trying to explain away their own cognitive dissonance. They are trying to convince themselves — as opposed to anyone else — that Brown is innocent. They aren't bothering to ask or answer any of the most basic or … Continue reading Some Completely Fair Questions For People Who Believe Patrick Brown Was The Victim Of A Conspiracy

The Contenders: Sizing Up The Field For The Next PCPO Leader

By Josh Lieblein DOUG FORD: Populist Prime Pros: Well, even mentioning that Doug has pros would be too much for some people, so I'll say this: While the rest of the party is obsessively chasing after the middle, Doug's "base" consists of people who are completely outside the voting spectrum. If anyone can reach these outsiders — the … Continue reading The Contenders: Sizing Up The Field For The Next PCPO Leader

Trying To Make Sense Of The PC Party Leadership Wrangling

By Josh Lieblein So I've been tasked with trying to explain what's going on behind the scenes as the PCs try to hash out who will be their next leader. This is a nigh-impossible task for a few reasons: The state of play is changing so rapidly that anything I write here could be obsolete … Continue reading Trying To Make Sense Of The PC Party Leadership Wrangling

The PC Party Of Ontario Fostered A Partisan Culture Of Silence

By Josh Lieblein They told us that radical social conservatives and Trumpists were the problem. They told us that the path to victory was through building a modern, inclusive PC Party of Ontario. They told us to keep quiet on social media. That speaking out would embolden Kathleen Wynne. That we needed to put an … Continue reading The PC Party Of Ontario Fostered A Partisan Culture Of Silence

Patrick Brown Resigns as Progressive Conservative Leader After Revolt from Caucus

After holding an emergency press conference at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday night to address sexual misconduct allegations, now former-Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Leader Patrick Brown barrage of questions from reporters, a slew of campaign staff resigning and caucus members calling for his resignation. By 1:30 a formal statement from PC Leader Patrick Brown was … Continue reading Patrick Brown Resigns as Progressive Conservative Leader After Revolt from Caucus